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Continued: Bridgewater drops from top of draft in a hurry

  • Article by: MATT VENSEL , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 7, 2014 - 7:41 AM

“People talk about Teddy Bridgewater falling down because of a bad pro day. People think that’s an overreaction,” said Jeremiah, now an NFL Network analyst. “But that’s the first impression that all the coaches were there had of him. That can have a dramatic impact.”

What about Big Ben?

Still, Jeremiah believes one poor pro day shouldn’t cause teams to stray too far from the tape. He said smart teams such as the Ravens, one of his former employers, base most of their evaluation on how the players performed in games. In Baltimore, the scouts and personnel department gathered after the college season to put their initial board in place.

“It kind of gives them an anchor, so at least you have that established there,” said Jeremiah, who also scouted for the Browns and Eagles. “So when you get to the all-star games and the pro days, it’s a little bit harder to pull those guys far from their original anchor, so you don’t stray too far from where you had them on the tape. That to me is the most important aspect.”

Of course, Bridgewater is not the first quarterback to struggle in spandex. Drew Brees underwhelmed throwing passes over and between invisible defenders at the NFL scouting combine. Ben Roethlisberger struggled at the combine, too.

“I remember when Ben Roethlisberger came in,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said at the scouting combine. “Well, he didn’t throw very well, and a lot of people talked about how he didn’t throw well. He’s a pretty good quarterback in this league.”

Whether his plummeting draft stock is real or not, Bridgewater could turn out to be a pretty good one, too.

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